Collaboration over competition
During a recent tour of Durant Vineyards, I met with owner Paul Durant, as well as two winemakers who work with Durant Vineyards: Joe Dobbes of Dobbes Family Estate, and Chad Stock of Omero Cellars.
Together, the three represent the combination of long standing tradition as well as creative risk-taking that make Oregon wine growing and winemaking so interesting and diverse.
Durant Vineyards currently works with a total of 14 vineyard clients and winemakers in the region. For owner Paul Durant, these collaborations are important to his parents' vision and are also a key element in informing the family's wine growing practice.
Chad Stock (Omero Cellars) is the winemaker behind the 2012 Durant Vineyards La Casita Pinot Noir ($50 retail). The La Cosita block is situated at a higher elevation, and I found this to be a richer red with dark plums and currant, and soft tannins. This is a nice refined wine that is only available to club members.
Vineyard Walking Tour & Alfresco Lunch: September 13
Red Ridge Farms
$65 per ticket
Your tour will conclude with an al fresco gourmet catered lunch that showcases the distinctive Oregon Olive Mill extra virgin olive oils and Durant Vineyards estate wines in a private and secluded area of the vineyard. Because this is a tour through the vineyards, remember to wear appropriate footwear and clothing for outdoor hiking. In the case of rain, the tours will not be cancelled; but the lunch will be held in a covered area, outdoors.
Learn more about the Vineyard Walking Tour & Alfresco Lunch at RedRidgeFarms.com.
5510 NE Breyman Orchards Rd.
Dayton, OR 97114
Lee McCollins says
Thanks for coming! Great shots!
Gorgeous pictures! We worked on two organic vineyards while we were overseas and it was so much fun - do these guys take WWOOFers? ;)
Geoff (Steep Stories) says
Definitely one of the cooler looking tasting rooms I've seen. They should all be beach cabins!!!
This sounds like a great way to spend a Sunday--I wish I could arrange it for this weekend!
Aubrie LeGault says
There are some great wineries on that list!
Droooool... The colors of photos of food enjoyed al fresco are something I'm going to miss as the weather cools to winter!